"It feels good that the court has awarded the death sentence to the terrorist, but it does not comfort us because Gabi and Rivki cannot come back," Rabbi Shimon said over the phone from Israel. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed by two terrorists who attacked Chhabad House for 45 hours from the night of November 26, 2008. The couple was survived by their son Moshe, who was only two back then and was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel. Today, he lives with his maternal grandparents.
"The terrorists created a war-like situation... and were here to kill people. So the sentence of executing one of the terrorists is always welcome," he said.
The incident, however, has not changed their opinion of India. "We will definitely come back to Mumbai once Moshe is old enough. We would like to show him the place that his parents had so fondly built. Unfortunately, it was the same place where they breathed their last," Rabbi Shimon said.
The Holtzbergs' Jewish outreach centre had an educational centre and a synagogue, and offered drug prevention services and living quarters to people of the faith.
Moshe, who is now three and is looked after by Samuel, often misses his parents and the city, Rabbi Shimon said, adding, "Moshe is fine and is now attending kindergarten."
Chabad House, also known as Nariman House, still has bullet marks, reminding one of the grenades and rocket launchers exchanged in the attack that pulverised the Jewish community across the world.
"Chabad House has shifted to some place in Nariman Point and no one lives in Colaba," said an offical of the centre.